The Message That Continuing Marijuana Prohibition Sends to Young People

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:17 pm

A frequent attack used against marijuana legalization that it sends a bad message to young people. For example on NPR the new Drug Czar Michael Botticelli again used this trope to criticize the new legalization laws in Colorado and Washington saying, “I think that the movement toward legalization, I think, sends the wrong message, particularly to the youth of our country.”


Former Drug Czar’s Insane Rant About Drug Addicted Zombies Ruining Democracy

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 4:30 pm

I originally planned to fact check this Politico op-ed by former Bush-era Drug Czar John P. Walters, but it quickly became apparent his arguments were beyond logical refutation.

Rep. Cohen Wants to Make the Drug Czar Office Less Stupid

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 10:25 am

“My bill would give the ONDCP the freedom to use science—not ideology—in its recommendations and give the American people a reason to trust what they are told.” – Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

No, Obama Didn’t End the War on Drugs

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 1:05 pm

The Obama administration comically thinks they deserve credit for ending the “war on drugs” simply because Obama has stopped calling their policies a “war on drugs.” This is despite the fact that the administration has done very little to change their war-style policies.

White House Offers Dismissive Response to Marijuana Petitions

By: Monday October 31, 2011 12:15 pm

The Obama Administration promised a formal response to on-line petitions that got enough signatures, and highly popular marijuana legalization petitions got more than enough. The White House response is dismissive and insulting to those who signed the petitions.

Obama Administration Cheers Defeat of Prop 19

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 6:00 am

While President Obama won’t discuss the results of tonight’s brutal election until an afternoon press conference, his Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske already commented on the results of Proposition 19, California’s initiative to legalize marijuana.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ryan Grim, This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 12:30 pm

There’s as much to like about this book as there is to despise about the drug war, which makes This is Your Country on Drugs a fascinating read for anyone endeavoring to better understand the origins of the drug policy predicament that continues to captivate and confound American culture. Ryan Grim takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through the history of our nation’s love-hate relationship with drugs, exploring the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of both drug use and the enormous war that seeks to shield us from its consequences.

Reality Check on Rep. Lamar Smith’s Marijuana Lies

By: Saturday September 25, 2010 7:52 am

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is pushing a bill that aims to put yet more people in jail for using marijuana, even hoping to create a crime for “conspiracy to possess” marijuana that could put people in jail for planning to fly to Amsterdam with their friends to smoke pot.

That’s bad enough, and luckily Nancy Pelosi pulled the bill of the House’s fast track. But Lamar Smith continues his war on marijuana, hilariously suggesting on Fox News that Barack Obama is “encouraging the use of marijuana.”

But Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, took to the pages of The Hill newspaper to give a reality check to Lamar Smith’s lies.

Ex-Drug Czar Bennett: Showtime’s “Weeds” is “Damaging,” Jonas Brothers Should Fight Prop 19

By: Friday September 24, 2010 12:35 pm

America’s first Drug Czar and conservative commentator Bill Bennett penned an op-ed for in which he suggests that Showtime’s series “Weeds” is “damaging,” and “would never be aired” if “our country was making a serious assault on drug abuse.” But Bennett’s crazy doesn’t stop there. He co-authored the piece with Alexandra Datig, a business, political campaign, and real estate consultant, recovering addict, and Prop 19 opponent whose website,, suggests that legalizing marijuana is “un-American,” puts “our national security at risk” and compares legalization to 9/11.

CA Prop 19: Drug Czars’ Latest Anti-Marijuana Propaganda is Easily Refuted

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 3:30 pm

This is what makes the fight to end our war on marijuana so difficult. The other side is not interested in an honest policy debate. Instead of honest argument, they rely on half-truths, distortions, twisted logic, ridiculous statements and naked propaganda.

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